“Redneck Game of Thrones”
March 26th, 2020 – Quarantine life seems to consist of relying heavily on binging any and all shows that take our minds off of a global pandemic for an hour or two (or seven). It’s a time to catch up on old shows that passed us by and new ones that are thankfully still being released. If you rode the Game of Thrones train while it was airing but are still looking for murder, mayhem, and a wild cast of characters, go ahead and click play on Tiger King.
All that will be required of you is to trade dragons for tigers. Bewilderment is coming.
The seven-part Netflix docuseries revolves around the world of exotic pet ownership and the lengths people will go to keep their big cat worlds alive. If that description doesn’t seem salacious enough, just know that two of the main characters are named “Joe Exotic” and “Bhagavan ‘Doc’ Antle” and their main nemesis is a woman named Carole who runs a big cat rescue (where she also locks up tigers) and was a prime suspect in her late husband’s disappearance.
Oh, and there’s a former cocaine drug lord who many believe to be the inspiration for Scarface. And, again, Carole is accused of feeding her husband to tigers.
The doc was directed by Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin and shot to the number one streaming slot on Netflix within days of its release. While some viewers have criticized the show for emphasizing sensationalism over substance, it still dives into meaty debates (aside from the expired hot dogs Joe Exotic buys from Walmart) such as breeding, wildlife preservation, legislation and PETA’s extreme tactics in protesting exotic pet ownership.
Let’s be honest, though, when Doc creates a quasi-sex cult at his zoo and Joe Exotic manages to get two straight guys to marry him, the sensationalism wins. So, drink that next glass of wine, try to remember what day it is, and enjoy the best Tiger King jokes we could wrangle up!
— South End Cinema (@SouthEndCinema) March 26, 2020
— Cowboy Ceaux (@_ceaux) March 25, 2020
— Carra D (@CTCarra) March 26, 2020
— lauren brett bragg (@laurennotconrad) March 26, 2020
— maybe: maddie (@mad_rope) March 26, 2020
— Hunter Tyson (@huntertyson30) March 26, 2020
Me explaining #TigerKing to my mom:
There’s a magician, meth head, tiger tamer, country singer, gay polygamist, an Alex Jones type but with live tigers in his videos, and presidential/gubernatorial candidate.
Mom: that’s too many people to track
Me: oh that’s just one guy
— Pete Stegemeyer (@itspeterj) March 24, 2020
Joe Exotic: Alright. I’m going to be honest. A tiger did just bite someone’s arm off.
People in the gift shop buying tiger keychains: pic.twitter.com/DYsDPPNjLV
— Brett Sours (@BrettCemetery) March 24, 2020
— Krista (@Krista_B_85) March 24, 2020
Okay I cast a fake Tiger King movie with comedians and… am I wrong? (Thread!) pic.twitter.com/aExVyHHh3u
— Netflix Is A Joke (@NetflixIsAJoke) March 26, 2020
— Andrew (@Andymoog137) March 25, 2020
— Norman Golightly (@NormanGolightly) March 26, 2020
— Adrian Funtimes (@AdrianFunTimes) March 24, 2020
— Emily Brown (@EmilyBrownTeach) March 24, 2020
Carole: “If someone wanted to have a cat eat you they’d pour sardine oil on you I don’t know”
Hmmmm that is awfully specific Carole…. pic.twitter.com/NN9G0kidvY
— Moody’s Point (@Krazykarenn) March 23, 2020
— Ramsey N. Closet (@ram_punzel) March 24, 2020
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) March 22, 2020
I cannot believe that literal Scarface was the most sane and likable person from #TigerKing
— Zach (@Zach_United_412) March 25, 2020
— lauren (@laurenhebert) March 24, 2020
— Dan Baxter (@baxter4133) March 23, 2020
— kristie.zimmerman (@kpzimmerman75) March 26, 2020
— Tom Maguffin (@tmaguffin) March 23, 2020
— The Fritz (@KissMyFritz) March 26, 2020
Joe Exotic is all of us right now pic.twitter.com/Rx3zsTuddJ
— tom sandoval’s ass tattoo (@theblybly) March 21, 2020
— Courtney (@snoop_court) March 24, 2020